Black Mold How Bad is it
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Offering Black mold inspections and testing in since 2003.
Black mold, scientific name Stachybotrys, is the most feared of all molds because of numerous news reports, newspaper articles, and magazine articles attributing possible brain damage, infant deaths, expensive property damage, and other horrible consequences of the growth to this type of mold in residential settings.
Many molds produce toxins; these are toxic chemicals that molds use in a type of microbial warfare. Living things that do not posses claws, fangs, or a hard shells to use in self defense or fast legs to run away from predators will typically revert to the use of camouflage or the production of poisons; this is very common in nature. Various species of toxic mold have the potential to produce mycotoxins. Is this mold common in my area you may ask? Well all I can tell you is that toxic molds are commonly found by our Ft Lauderdale mold inspectors in the Broward county area during mold inspections and testing.
Many scientifically-established negative health effects have been connected with mycotoxins produced by Stachybotrys mold, Fusarium, and other molds. Many of these negative health effects, such as cancer of the liver, cell death, neurological damage, suppressed immune system and many others that are cited in lab reports given to you by mold inspectors, are (in almost every case) the results of lab animal studies conducted on mice and brine shrimp cultures, and cell culture studies on mold toxins.
Human and horse exposure to Stachybotrys AKA black mold infested hay that caused toxic reactions in the Ukraine around the 1920’s is well documented. Industrial level exposures of mycotoxins such as at peanut processing facilities, composting facilities, or farms has caused documented toxigenic and severe allergenic problems. Countless farm animals have died as a result of eating food contaminated with toxic molds, in one extreme example that occurred in the mid 1960’s 100,000 turkeys died in England after consuming moldy food shipped from Brazil. The causative agent was aflotoxin from Aspergillus flavus mold. In several such cases of human and animal exposure mycotoxin poisoning is well documented by scientists and doctors. For more information on documented cases and on mycotoxins refer to The Fifth Kingdom, by Brice Kindrick or Bioaerosols from ACGIH by Harriett Burge.
It is very important to not panic but to keep in mind that to accomplish the above serious detrimental effects, molds like Stachybotrys and others may have to be either:
- Consumed in mold contaminated foods,
- Physically handled so that excessive physical contact is made between human skin and the mold, or
- The mycotoxins have to be exposed to living cells in the laboratory.
Various studies have shown that the levels of mycotoxins encountered by breathing black mold spores in your home or office appear to be far too low to cause toxic reactions in humans. Of course future studies may or may not change this current opinion held by many researches. Synergistic effects of various indoor pollutants and different mycotoxins mixing together may be more powerful than individual mycotoxin exposures. Fortunately scientist are not in the business of performing full fledged toxicity studies on human subjects. This means that yes toxic black mold and other molds commonly found in our homes do produce very strong toxins, however at this time it appears that these toxins will not poison you by simply breathing in spores released by toxic molds in typical moldy homes and moldy offices. It appears that for toxic reactions to occur you may have to eat moldy foods according to some scientific evidence.
However, asthma attacks, allergies, and sinus infections from mold appear to be very common and result in such levels of distress in some persons that they feel as if they were being poisoned.
Discovering the root cause of mold, and conducting proper mold removal is of the up most importance. The longer you wait the more expensive and difficult proper removal will likely be. If you feel that you have a toxic mold problem at your home or place of work contact a certified mold inspection service.
Black mold photos
Black mold in a massive bank we inspected in North West Florida.
Lab stock photo of black mold, note the circle in a circle
appearance common with this mold.
Black mold found hidden behind wall paper.
Black mold and basidiomycets
found by our West Palm Beach inspector
in an apartment in Lake Worth Florida.
Daryl Watters has a bachelors degree in education for teaching biology and general science and is a certified mold inspector, certified home inspector, and certified indoor environmentalist providing building inspections in South Florida since 1993.
A Accredited performs Florida mold inspections and mold testing in compliance with the standards of practice set forth by the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization. Since we function as an independent Florida black mold inspection firm and not as a remediation firm, we have no conflict of interest. Protecting your health is the primary concern of our Florida black mold inspectors.
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